Fat Tuesday

700x265_FatTuesdayWhat is the purpose of Fat Tuesday?

Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday,” also called Shrove Tuesday. It is the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of Christian Lent season leading up to Easter. During Lent, many Christians fast, and the name Fat Tuesday refers to the last day of eating richer foods before the leaner days of Lent begin.

 

What do you say on Fat Tuesday?

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler: is a Cajun French saying that means “let the good times roll.” It’s become a mantra of Mardi Gras throughout the years.

 

What is a king cake New Orleans?

The “king cake” takes its name from the biblical kings. … In these regions, the king cake is closely associated with Mardi Gras traditions and is served throughout the Carnival season, which lasts from Epiphany Eve to Fat Tuesday. The King Cake tradition is thought to have been brought to New Orleans from France in 1870. Also, it is traditionally served at Health Quality Innovators on Fat Tuesday.  Enjoy the King Cake!

To Clean or Not to Clean, That is the Question

Right now purging is all the rage. We’ve been slowly doing this for quite sometime. Our goal is to get to a much more minimalist lifestyle and to possess about half of what we do now.

Keeping in mind, we already purged about 40-50% before we moved from a 2,000 sq.ft. house with a two car garage and outside storage shed, down to a 1,500 sq.ft townhouse with tons of storage to a 1942 Cape Cod style home also around 1,500 sq.ft., but with little storage. They say layout is everything and where the townhouse had lots of storage space and slowest that stretched across an entire room, the master we have now has a 24 inch wide and a 30 inch wide closet. Now that we lived with the current situation for a few years I am dying to de-clutter even more.

My problem with decluttering currently is I suffer from Bipolar Disorder Type II. What this means is that I tend to have impulse control issues and can be excessive, let’s call it “regrettable judgement”. I try not to purge and declutter when I am really driven to do so, because having gone overboard in the past i have over-purged too much. So now, i try to restrain my self when I am in the mood to purge because I am afraid I may be having a minor manic episode and don’t want to go overboard. Of course, this means that purging is a very slow process.

It makes it a slow going a frustrating process. Not helping things is that every Friday I take chemo drugs in the morning and evening that tend to make me a bit tired sometimes, so it is hard for me to get the energy on the weekend. It’s a never ending cycle. I could really use my mommy here for a few weeks to help me. She is an awesome helper at getting what i need done. She’s just so far away.

Anyone else feel like this?

An Avoidable Tragedy – RIP Mocha

I wrote this post for our non-profit site after a tragic loss.

Pomeranian Club of Central Virginia

An innocent life was tragically cut short today. Another life will most likely be ended as a result.

An innocent life was taken as his mom tried in vain to use her own body to shield him from the attack taking place. Unfortunately, her body was no match for the 150 pound attacker that had prey in its sights. Mocha’s mom is an experienced owner who did everything right and still could not prevent this tragedy.

Please, if you take your dogs out in public, always keep them leashed and make sure you are in control of the leash at all times! This goes for big and little dogs alike. Keep a firm latch on the leash not only to control your dogs behavior, but also to be able to snatch your dog out of harms way in the blink of an eye. If you have a big, strong dog…

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17 ‘Unpopular’ Things People With Chronic Illness Do for Their Health | The Mighty

I am managing three different chronic illnesses that unfortunately, are not related. Getting a handle on one, does not mean the other two are in check. Most days I’m happy if two out of three are behaving themselves.

As an added bonus, I’m also 50% more likely to develop lymphoma or leukemia in the next 10 or so years.

And people wonder why I’m snarky some days…. I loved reading this in that I saw a lot of myself and it’s nice to know you are not alone.

The Mighty’s chronic illness community shares the “unpopular” things they do for the sake of their health, and what they wish others understood.
— Read on themighty.com/2018/06/unpopular-things-sick-people-do-chronic-illness/

How to Do a Migraine Massage, According to a Neurologist

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When a migraine hits, all you want to do is to get rid of it—ASAP. The painful throbbing on one or both sides of the head, sensitivity to light, nausea, and vomiting are enough to make you want to curl up into a ball and wish the tension would just go away.

Sara Crystal, MD, a neurologist, headache specialist, and medical advisor at Cove, a healthcare company that provides prescription treatments for migraine sufferers, says the most common migraine triggers are stress, changes in sleep cycle, hormonal imbalances, and caffeine overuse. Eating chocolate, aged cheese, and foods with MSG, nitrates, and additives could also cause a migraine. But people develop migraines for a variety of reasons.

“The causes of migraines are largely genetic. Each person has a personal trigger. That is why there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment for migraines,” she says.

While there isn’t a silver bullet, doctors recommend over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs, or natural remedies for migraine treatment. And one of those natural remedies involves doing a migraine massage with peppermint essential oil. Dr. Crystal says menthol, which is the active ingredient in peppermint essential oil, has been proven to help relieve headaches. In fact, a 2015 study from Frontiers in Neurologysuggests that topically applying a menthol-based gel, such as those with peppermint essential oil, could significantly reduce headache intensity. Here’s how to give yourself a migraine massage:

  1. Dilute a few drops of the peppermint essential oil into another oil carrier, like coconut oil.
  2. Massage the oil into the temples and forehead, working in circular motions with the index and middle fingers.
  3. Continue for a minute.

If the massage is too painful, Dr. Crystal recommends adding a few drops of peppermint essential oil on a tissue and breathing deeply into it, or dabbing some of the oil onto a cold compress and applying it to your forehead. Dr. Crystal also likes using a roll-on sticks, like Migrastil Migraine Stick or Health From The Sun’s MigraSoothe Roll-On, for easy application.